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Senators press agencies for waterway cleanup plans in legislation

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Senators on a panel that pored over a House water bill on Wednesday said they’re going to want a detailed plan for cleaning up waterways in whatever legislation passes the Senate. HB 7003 recognizes the Central Florida Water Initiative in state law while eliminating a South Florida Water Management District farm permitting program for Lake Okeechobee in favor of agricultural “best management practices.” It requires the setting of minimum flows for springs simultaneously with setting recovery goals, which environmentalists say…

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Today on Context Florida: End of Crist, Death Mermaid, Sunshine Week and censorship

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Today on Context Florida: The era of Charlie Crist has come to an end, says Peter Schorsch. Crist, the man who has been on a statewide general ballot six times since 1998 took to Facebook to say “no mas.” And while he may one day again run for office, his time at the center of Florida politics is officially over. When the Death Mermaid shows up, Diane Roberts warns to pay attention. Last week the Mermaid materialized at the South Florida…

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Debate on House water bill moves to Senate

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Environmental groups continued Wednesday to criticize a House water bill in advance of a Senate committee workshop while an industry group said the legislation offers a statewide approach to Florida’s water needs. HB 7003 recognizes the Central Florida Water Initiative in state law while eliminating a South Florida Water Management District farm permitting program for Lake Okeechobee in favor of agricultural “best management practices.” It requires the setting of minimum flows for springs simultaneously with setting recovery goals, which environmentalists…

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